Papilio filaprae is a butterfly from . The first description was in 1904 by Suffert. The wingspan is about 10 – 11 cm. This butterfly is a member of the family PAPILIONIDAE. The basic colour of Papilio filaprae is darkbrown or black. White bands and spots dominate the wings.
Photos for easy identification
The fore wings are dark-brown or black. In the middle of the wing there is a chain of big, white spots.
The underside of Papilio filaprae is very similar to the upside. But, the basic colour is brown.
The hind wings of Papilio filaprae are dark-brown or black. The edge is wavy. A white band dominates the wing. At the outer edge there is a chain of little, white spots.
The underside is red-brown. There are many, black stripes and black veins. In the middle of the wing there is a white band. The outer edge is black and it contains a chain of little, white spots.
The body (abdomen) is dark-brown. The thorax and the head are dark-brown. The underside of the abdomen is white.
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Papilio filaprae is a butterfly from the Afrotropic (Africa) ecozone. You can observe this butterfly from Cameroon until the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola.
The first description of this butterfly was in 1904 by Suffert. There is only one subspecies.
- Papilio filaprae musolanus [Hancock, 1988]
Protection provisions / Red List
- CITES: (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora):
-no entry- (as at 23.06.2005)
- EU regulation on trading with species of wild Fauna and Flora
-no entry- (as at 19.08.2005)
- IUCN Red List of threatened species:
-no entry- (as at 2004) (see: www.redlist.org/)
Similar and closely-related species
Papilio filaprae Suffert 1904
Classification / Taxonomy / Family tree
- Kingdom: ANIMALIA
- Phylum: ARTHROPODA
- Class: INSECTA
- Order: LEPIDOPTERA
- Suborder: DITRYSIA
- Superfamily: PAPILIONOIDEA
- Family: PAPILIONIDAE
- Subfamily: PAPILIONINAE
- Tribe: PAPILIONINI
- Genus: PAPILIO
- Specific name: FILAPRAE